YOG of the week: Crystal Man

YOG of the week: Crystal Man

Name: Crystal Man Ka-kei
School: Lok Sin Tong Young Ko Hsiao Lin Secondary School
Grade: Grade 4
Sport: Windsurfing

Achievements Crystal, 16, is a member of the Hong Kong Windsurfing Team. She was the second runner-up of Techno 293 Asian Championships this year.
She took top honours in the junior girls' techno group at the 53rd Festival of Sports last month. She will represent Hong Kong at the 2010 World Junior (Techno 293) Championships in France at the end of this month.
At the Rome Techno 293 championship in March, Crystal came eighth to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games.

How she qualified "I was able to book a ticket to the Youth Games despite an 8th-place finish. There were three Olympic spots still available and the top five windsurfers had already qualified in other events."
"I didn't qualify at the first event in Pattaya, Thailand. There were only two spots and one had already gone to a Thai windsurfer," Crystal said.
"I was fighting for the last berth with a representative from the mainland. We were tied with one match left, but she was better on the day.
"After that performance, my coach helped prepare me for Italy. It was my last chance to qualify for the Youth Games. The pressure was enormous as the competition is even tougher than Thailand. There, I only had to go up against Asian windsurfers, but in Italy all the top junior windsurfers from around the world were there.
"I tried to forget about the qualification and put all my heart into competing and eventually succeeded in getting through to the Youth Olympic Games.
"After qualifying, I immediately called my mum. She was so happy."

Soundbite "After becoming a well-known player in the territory, I started to feel the pressure when I faced other junior players in competitions. And sometimes I lost matches because I was afraid of being beaten. That affected my performance, especially in inter-school competitions," Kenneth said.
"Now I take it easy whoever the opponent is and I don't think about the outcome until the end of a match.
"I'll have a week-long practice stint in Singapore before the competition starts. My parents, elder sister and some of my friends have already booked their tickets for the Games and they will cheer for me."

From her coach "Crystal faces very keen competition within the local squad as there are many outstanding girl windsurfers who have already won titles in international competitions," said Chan Hoi-suen, coach of the Hong Kong Windsurfing Team.
"But she is willing to learn and is tough in the face of difficulties. These qualities allow her to stand out from other windsurfers and gained her a ticket to the Youth Olympic Games."

Insight for the Games "My target is to get into top five in the Youth Olympic Games," said Crystal.

Kevin Kung will be reporting all the YOG action from Singapore for Young Post



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